Picnic? No Picnic!

_MG_8109We have all been looking forward to this Saturday’s picnic and birthday party in the meadows. We’ve also been monitoring the weather forecast.

With a forecast of pretty miserable weather, storms as high as 48 miles per hour and a severe Met Office weather warning in place, we think it prudent to cancel this Saturday’s autumn orchard picnic.

With the knowledge that it is better to be safe than sorry, we suggest you stay at home, stay dry, stay warm, stay safe.

 

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Points Mean Prizes!

picnic-kidsWe must have ticked some boxes with the judges and are now pleased and proud to report that London in Bloom awarded the Osterley Lock Orchard with thriving in the It’s your Neighbourhood category. 

Thriving, we are proud to add, is just one tiny little step short of outstanding.

Our thanks to everyone who encouraged or helped with this fabulous project. Why not come and help celebrate at

Saturday October 21
Autumn Picnic and Birthday Party

in Jubilee Meadow by the sheep, from 13:00.

Bring a friend, a spouse, a child or a neighbour. Bring a drink and something to eat for the sharing table if you like, but please be prepared to take leftovers back with you as we hate waste. You’re also welcome to come empty handed, as there’s always plenty and more to go round.

Most importantly, bring yourself. See you there!

Spring Picnic

_MG_8109It’s the famous and famously informal

Spring Picnic

Tomorrow, Sunday May 14, 2017, from 12:00

… and usually in mostly fine weather!

Bring a drink and food to the sharing table, bring a picnic blanket, a smile, a child and a friend! We’ll be by the sheep in Jubilee Meadows (map) and look forward to enjoying a relaxed Sunday in the company of friends, right in the heart of the most beautiful Spring meadows.

You can reach us on foot from the entrance at Trumpers Way by the railway line, or across the lock behind the Fox Inn, Green Lane. (Click for location and access details.) Get in touch with us if you need special assistance.

Bring food and drink to the sharing table if you like. Please bring only as much as your own party would consume and be prepared to take leftovers back.

Spring Dates

tttThe events are rolling in for the Spring 2017 season; please mark these dates for fabulous opportunities to be involved. It’s never to late to make new friends, meet the orchards or to take it out on some brambles and nettles!

Sat 8-April 10:30 – 15:30, Piggeries Celebrations

We’ll be pulling more weeds and digging more brambles, apply woodchip for mulching the hedges along the fence and the back wall, and sow the meadow and wetland areas with native grasses and flowers.

We’ll also celebrate the opening of the Piggeries Orchard with a slice of cake and a speech!

Sat 6-May 10:00 – 14:00, Meadows Mulching

Mulching in the beautiful Hanwell Meadows, with an early start and finish on account of the Hanwell Hootie. This is the first event in our new Saturday Orchard Love series, and we need every hand we can get with this one!

Sun 14-May 12:00 onwards, Spring Orchard Picnic

The big event in every local orchardist’s calendar, the popular spring orchard picnic in the heart of the Hanwell Meadows by the sheep! Bring something to eat and drink to the sharing table, bring a smile, a child, a friend and join us for a relaxed social event in the centre of this most beautiful hidden treasure.

1st Saturday in each month, Saturday Orchard Love

Starting 6-May at 10:00, normally at 11:00. Your regular opportunity to apply orchard love in varying locations along the trail. See the right sidebar on our web site for details of every event (at the bottom of the page for mobile phone users), or follow our Twitter.

Every Tuesday evening, Tree Tending Tuesday

Tree Tending Tuesdays are back! A grand reason to finish work and get out into nature, apply some general tender love and care to the orchards, the orchard trail and its surroundings, and (optionally) finish with a refreshment at a local public house.

As always, be sure to check our web site,  Facebook or Twitter for details or last-minute announcements and changes. See you soon!

An Eventful Week

dscn2677Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s Autumn Orchard Picnic, in fine weather and good spirits. A good time was had by all, except for the lack of kite-flying wind.

We also thank everyone who took part in the 2016 annual general meeting. We had a good turnout. Committee, future plans and present finances were approved, a new committee member and Elthorne Ward Forum representative elected.Welcome on board, Mirjam! Nibbles were had and drinks were drunk. (Official minutes to follow. 😉

 

Finger Lickin’ Picnicin’ Time

DSC_0581You are most graciously invited to join our

Autumn Orchard Picnic

right in the heart of the Hanwell Meadows on

Saturday October 22nd, from 13:00,

by the sheep in Jubilee Meadow! [click for map]

Everyone is looking forward to see you again, or to get to know you and meet you for the first time. What better way to meet and greet? No hard labour involved!

All current and future members are most welcome to join us. It is the perfect opportunity to meet the orchard and orchard folk, introduce yourself, make new friends and cast off your fear of fruit trees.

Bring something to eat or drink to the sharing table if you like, but please bring no more than your party would consume. We want to avoid wasting surplus food, so please be prepared to take leftovers back home.

Bring a blanket, a friendly dog, a bunch of children, a neighbour and a friend. Bring a kite or a game, bring a smile, bring your spouse! Maybe even an umbrella!

We are of course particularly interested in all things Orchard. What did you make this year, which recipe do you have to share? Tell the tale of your finest apple pie, share the magic of your family’s secret sloe gin, boast about the silky smoothness of your rosehip jam! Did you make cider, or vinegar, or juice or cordial from apples, Elder, Blackberries or plums? Did you turn old apple trees into wooden plates, create chainsaw carving sculptures, or are you expert at fruit tree care with spare time at your hands? This is the time to bring, show and tell.

Visitors with limited mobility are advised to contact us beforehand. The meadows are a natural environment and can be difficult for wheelchair users, but it has been done before!